Posted in February 2012

It’s spring, it’s official

It’s spring, it’s official

Today the sun was out, tempting me out into the garden again. The long cold spell has taken its toll.  It does not look like my garden as I know it at this time of year.  I have iris leaves turned black and looking more like some exotic grass species.  I go around pondering the … Continue reading

The call of the sea

The call of the sea

Yesterday I did potter in the garden, I did try to enthuse myself in the many tasks that have to be tackled to clear up after the big freeze and before the spring.  However, the afternoon was sunny and as they say over here “it was stronger that me” – I wanted to see the … Continue reading

Life is good!

Life is good!

Life is good! It is three days after the glacial weather has finished here and the outside temperature has soared to 10 C in the garden. It means relaxing with mugs of tea on the stone bench against the wall  and soaking up the sun. The snowdrops are happy. The crocus are happy.  Even one of … Continue reading

I’m just mad about saffron

I’m just mad about saffron

At last the glacial cold spell is loosing its grip and the thermometer is rising above zero!  However, the crisp, icy weather and blue skies has been replaced with a thick cloud covering.  Somebody nearby is getting snow. I should be grateful – it could have been worse.  Never-the-less I fret for my plants and … Continue reading

A snake in the house

A snake in the house

It is still glacial; I am still drawn towards my warm place near the log fire, watching my frozen garden like a stranger, not quite recognising it as mine.  It was -12 C this morning, one degree warmer than yesterday.  Should I take this as a good sign?  The weather forecast predicts warmer temperatures for … Continue reading

Hoopoe rescue

Hoopoe rescue

My solitary lapwing is still visiting.  He has now trained me to re-hydrate dry puppy  food and put this outside the living room door.  I hope he appreciates them as much as the other birds do. The glacial weather continues in this normally clement area of France, it was -13 C this morning at 8 … Continue reading

The solitary lapwing

The solitary lapwing

During the past few days I have noticed a solitary lapwing (Vanellus vanellus) in our front garden.  I found this rather strange as I have only seen them previously in flocks during cold weather in the nearby fields.  I admit to having a special fondness for them as they recall my childhood following my father … Continue reading

Wren rescue

Wren rescue

Last night my husband opened the patio windows at 8 p.m. to clean and upturn the wild birds’ water container so that it would be ready for a re-fill in the morning.  He nearly stood on something cowering on the window step.  It moved slightly and he thought firstly of a mouse but on further … Continue reading

Magnolia in winter

The cold snap is continuing and as the sub-zero days increase in number I am becoming anxious as to the eventual effect on the plants.  They have never been subjected to such a continual cold period which is, as far as the forecasts lead us to believe, to continue. Some of the plants seem to … Continue reading

Last persimmons of the season

Last persimmons of the season

The fruits of my labour in the garden are an incentive whether they are a vase of flowers or new potatoes from the potager.  They also maintain a connection with the changing seasons. Today I noticed I was down to my last eight persimmons.  These amazing fruits ripen as winter is coming on and in … Continue reading